Attending Your First Concert
Coming to Your First Concert?
1. Is there a dress code for West Virginia Symphony concerts?
No, no, no...wear clothes in which you feel comfortable. There is never a dress code for any performance of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.
2. Where do I park?
Network Parking operates a number of lots surrounding the Clay Center on concert evenings. Look for the red-shirted attendants and the white signs with the Clay Center logo. Ample parking is available in these lots for a cost of $3 per car.
3. Can I bring children?
Only children who are mature enough to sit quietly during a concert, without disturbing their neighbors, should attend WVSO symphonic and pops concerts. For parents looking for a way to introduce younger kids to music, our Saturday morning Family Concerts are the perfect opportunity. Those are programs designed with kids in mind, each one lasting about one hour.
4. I'm worried that I won't know when to clap.
It has become traditional in symphonic works with multiple movements or sections to hold applause until the very end. If you're not sure when to clap, wait for those around you to begin. Another way to tell is to watch the conductor's arms – when he relaxes and drops his arms, that's a sure sign that applause is welcome.
5. Can I eat dinner at the Clay Center before the concert?
Embassy Suites, official caterer of the Clay Center , offers a sumptuous pre-performance buffet prior to each WVSO concert. The cost is $24.95 per person, and reservations may be made through the ticket office at 304-561-3570. These dinners are open to everyone.
6. Can I sit in one of those boxes?
Box seating for WVSO concerts is available in boxes 14 , 15, 16, 17, and 18 for the Area “A” ticket price. Ask about it at the ticket counter when you purchase your tickets.
7. Where are the restrooms?
There are restrooms on all 3 seating levels of the Clay Center's Maier Foundation Performance Hall. Men's rooms are on the right side of the house, and ladies' rooms are on the left.